“Human rights” urged for whales & dolphins – is this a good idea?

May 24, 2010
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NE Pacific Transient killer whale in Alaska/Dave Ellifrit/NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

from Environment Forum:

Are whales and dolphins smart enough to get special rights?

May 21, 2010

whaleSome conservationists and experts on philosophy and ethics reckon that whales and dolphins are so intelligent that they should be given rights to life like humans. That could mean extra pressure on whalers in Japan, Norway and Iceland to end their hunts.